Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMP Strawberry Limeade Review

This Strawberry Limeade is part of the new AMP flavors that are only available in the US. I bought it on sale for 2 for $3 from a 7-11 in Michigan.


The aroma screams strawberry, but does contain subtle lime notes. For some reason it also smelled like Coke/Sprite combo to me. The flavor starts off on a light, creamy lime note with the strawberry note following it and lingering well into the finish. The drink is not overly sweet but it slowly builds up, giving the aftertaste a candy-like strawberry sweetness after a third of the can.

Overall, the flavor is fairly light and drinks a lot like a soft drink than an energy drink. Very inoffensive taste with not one flavor that is truly dominant.


There are 157 mg of caffeine and the can and the effects are a lot like any other sugary energy drink. Jitters kick in within minutes making your legs shake and your mind race while the caffeine takes its sweet time, but lasts for 3-4 hours. I did not experience a crash at the end, but I did consume this first thing in the morning after a good night's sleep. I bet you if you have this later on in the day, there will be a crash after a few hours.

Cost - 2 for $3 at 7-11 in Michigan
Taste - 8/10
Energy - 8.1/10

Overall - 16.1/20...light, inoffensive taste with a decent kick for the right price

Monday, October 5, 2015

Rockstar Boom Energy Whipped Orange Review

I bought this guy from a Target in Michigan along with the Whipped Strawberry one, which by the way was amazing!


Do yourself a favor and don't pour this into a glass. Its pale orange/beige color is a bit off-putting and way off from the lush orange I was expecting. Unlike the Whipped Strawberry one, the aroma here is not as intense. Yes, there are some orange notes present in the aroma, but it is mostly dominated by your typical Rockstar aroma. 

The taste starts off with a combination between Mountain Dew and regular Rockstar, but it is quickly followed by a moderately intense orange creamsicle note that is actually quite well done.  The creamsicle part is sweet and gets only sweeter with each sip. The hit of Mountain Dew/Rockstar you get at the start is not strong enough to wash off the sweetness so it just builds up. The aftertaste is sweet with a noticeable orange creamsicle hint.

I liked the Whipped Strawberry way more.


There are 160 mg of caffeine. The kick comes in very fast. The initial sugar hit gave me a bit of a rush and a shaky leg. The caffeine kicks in around the 30 minute mark, it is powerful and I felt great for hours and did not experience a crash. But I always warn readers that if they were to have this later on in the day, a crash may occur since you might be running low on stored energy.

Cost - $2...I think
Taste - 7/10
Energy - 8.2/10

Overall - 15.2/20...prefer the Whipped Strawberry one

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Rockstar Boom Energy Whipped Strawberry

Why is this called Boom Energy? I don't get it. Can someone explain it to me? I am sure it is something so simple that I can't even see it.

Anyways, I got a few of these cans when I was passing through Michigan last weekend. I stopped at a Target a minute after it opened somewhere in Troy, I believe. Luckily all the cool energy drinks there were right next to the cash register because I definitely needed some caffeine after the long drive and little sleep. I can't recall how much these were, but they were on sale if you were to buy 2.


The most incredible aroma filled the car when I opened this drink. Even my nieces in the back could smell the fresh strawberries and cream. Amazing! This is one of those things you just have to try. The flavor is like a mix of Mountain Dew/Coke, followed by strawberries with sweet cream near the finish. Very odd combo, but it works! The soft drink start makes you think you are chugging a manly energy drink, but the rich strawberry flavor gives something to get excited about. The cream comes at the end and lingers well into the finish giving you the sensation of just having finished a bowl of fruits with whipped cream. Yes, there is a bit of sweetness that sticks with you, but each sip does a great job at cleansing the palate at first before introducing more of the sweet strawberries and cream. Very smart!

Amazing! This drink has so many layers and I finished each can (I had a few this week) very quickly. Buy it!


The standard 160 mg of caffeine is present here and very well hidden with the sweet flavors. The kick comes in very fast. The initial few sips that are heavy on the odd Mountain Dew/Coke combo always woke me right up while the sugar gave me a bit of a rush and a shaky leg. The caffeine kicks in around the 30 minute mark and it is powerful! Each time I had one of these I felt great for hours and did not experience a crash. But I always warn readers that if they were to have this later on in the day, a crash may occur since you might be running low on stored energy.

Cost - $2 I want to guess
Taste - 9.5/10
Energy - 8.2/10

Overall - 17.7/20...unique layered flavors with an excellent kick - buy it!

P.S. there is actual milk in this energy drink in case you are wondering

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Monster Pipeline Punch

Here for a limited time, Monster Pipeline Punch was named after the world's most famous wave on Oahu's North Shore...which explains the little hand gesture on the front of the label. I picked up a few of these when from a 7-11 I was in Michigan last weekend. At the time, it seemed like every 7-11 had a giant display of these.


The aroma here is absolutely amazing with its intense passion fruit and guava notes. The"Juice" part of the label accurately describes the contents of this can.

The flavor is similar to the aroma - guava up front, followed by passion fruit and just a hint of a tangerine/orange/citrus combo near the end. This is like drinking a mix of guava juice and club soda. The aftertaste is rich and fruity and very long lasting.

The one thing I didn't like about this drink is its high level of sweetness, which gets more and more intense with each sip. I found that near the end of the can, my mouth was very sticky and I had to drink a bit of water to cleanse it.


There are 160 mg of caffeine in the can. The sugar rush comes in quick and it makes itself noticeable with a mild case of the jitters. After 15-20 minutes of leg shaking jitters, the caffeine starts to kick in and you feel happily energized for a few hours. I didn't experience a crash at the end, but I did have this drink first thing in the morning after a pretty decent sleep.

Cost - 2 for $4 from 7-11
Taste - 8.8/10
Energy - 8.1/10

Overall - 16.9/20...like real juice mixed with club soda...delicious

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Grace Sparkling Coconut Water

For those of you who are not familiar, Grace is a manufacturer and distributor of Jamaican products across Canada and the Great Britain. In Canada, Grace's products are available at every grocery store that has even the tiniest international section.

Though Grace manufacturers and distributes Jamaican products, the coconut waters that I reviewed for this post are actually made in Vietnam because Vietnam is a huge grower and exporter of coconuts and coconut products.


This flavor has an earthy tone to its predominant coconut aroma. The carbonation is medium and fits the coconut flavor. Any more and I don't think it would have worked, any less and it would have been a tease. The coconut flavor has a medium intensity and is a little salty due to the carbonation process. The saltiness sounds odd, but it works and makes the drink even more refreshing than it already is and gives the finish a lingering and rich coconut aftertaste. This is nowhere as good as the fresh coconut juice I had at the Cold Pressery, but it is one of the better ones I have tried.

Taste - 9/10


Not much of a difference in color, but a sweet, floral aroma is present. The flavor is a little sweeter and very perfumy but without any apparent pomegranate notes. The flavor is muddled and seems like something is there in addition to the coconut, but not sure what. There is even no acidity that you would normally expect to taste in a pomegranate drink. Maybe I got a dud.

Taste - 6/10


This one seems to have a slight yellow tint to it. The lemon comes through in the aroma and mixed with the coconut creates a creamy illusion. The lemon flavor is very light throughout and is eclipsed by the coconut for most parts. It does come out in the finish and gives the aftertaste a lingering, refreshing lemon note. Surprisingly good combination of flavors. Very refreshing.

Taste - 9.2/10

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GoodDrink Organic Spritzter Ruby Red Grapefruit

The 2015 Labour Day weekend was relaxing enough to give me the boost I needed to plow through a bunch of drinks sitting in the fridge. This Ruby Red Grapefruit is the last of my GoodDrink beverages and I am so very glad I left it alone until the 40+ C Labour Day Monday.

First, a bit of info on the GoodDrink beverage. I got this for $2.99 from Marcello's City Market at Shaw and King West in Toronto and there were tons when I was there in early August, 2015. Can't wait to go back and buy some other refreshing drinks there.

OK, now back to the Ruby Red that has been tempting me from the corner of my desk for the past few minutes with its glistening can and pale red/orange insides. Let me start by saying how AMAZING the aroma is!!! I almost lost it when I smelled it. It is like someone grabbed the freshest grapefruit and used my nose to squeeze all the juice out. The flavor is UNREAL! I had to make myself leave the glass on the desk so that I can write what this tastes like. I really wanted to consume this in one go.

Like the aroma, the flavor is as fresh as it gets short of squeezing a fresh grapefruit. The sweetness is just right to avoid build up and enough to give you a sweet twist. If you are the kind of person that enjoys that grapefruit bitterness, you will be happy to know that there is some of it in the finish for that authentic finish. Some lingering sweetness comes in after the bitterness slowly dethroning it. The leftover grapefruit notes are long deep. The best GoodDrink spritzter!

Taste - 10/10...loved everything about this one. Definitely buying more

Monday, September 7, 2015

GoodDrink Organic Spritzter Eureka Lemon

Next on my GoodDrink list is the Eureka Lemon. I love lemon sodas, especially when I am super thirsty and it is hot outside. Very few beverages can hit the spot when this moment arrives.

GoodDrink's lemon soda...excuse me, spritzer (actually it is spelled spritzter on the label to be accurate), has a cloudy, pale yellow color with a great fresh lemon aroma. The flavor starts off moderate, but quickly gets intense and shakes your brain awake. The lemon is done very well and it is as fresh and real as it gets...OK, maybe not as real as squeezing a lemon but you get the point. 

The finish is tart and dry with a clean lemon note. There is a little sugar which helps cut the acidity down, but not enough to make you want to cleanse your palate with a glass of water.

Taste - 8.9/10...tart and refreshing...mmmm lemon soda...I mean spritzer